Boehner Spox To Durbin: Retract And Apologize For ‘Reckless Allegation’

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October 23, 2013 10:57 a.m.

A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) called on Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) to retract and apologize for what he called a “reckless allegation” that “appears to have been invented out of thin air.”

“Senator Durbin’s accusation is a serious one, and it appears to have been invented out of thin air,” Brendan Buck said in a statement. “The senator should disclose who told him this account of events, retract his reckless allegation immediately, and apologize.”

Durbin wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday that a House GOP leader said “I cannot even stand to look at you” to President Obama during a negotiations over the federal government shutdown.

The White House and House Republican leaders both denied the claim on Wednesday.

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